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"This is a team of independent contractors," a playing member of the Padres said earlier this week...

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"This is a team of independent contractors," a playing member of the Padres said earlier this week on condition of anonymity. "Last season, the talk was about what we had just done to pull out a game or how we could beat the league’s best pitcher by creating a couple runs. "This year, there’s not a lot of that talk, yet. Of course, maybe it’s because there are a lot of new players. Or we’re losing. Maybe it will come. Or maybe it’s just the way it is going to be."

Little the same between 2010 and '11 Padres, including attitude